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Elisabeth Ponsot

Associate web producer
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Moving fast on renewables

Germany’s green energy goal now stands at 65 percent renewables on the grid by 2040 and 80 percent — the most the country believes it can achieve with existing technology — by 2050.

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Video: Preserving memories after Sandy

The grassroots group CARE for Sandy provides free photo digital restoration services to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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The MLK legacy in Memphis

Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, TN., a city still haunted by the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her celebrated Broadway play, “To the Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, was a musing on King’s last night. In this web exclusive she talks about the lasting legacy of Dr. [...]

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Photo: Horrific shooting at Newtown, Conn. school

Twenty-six people, including 18 children, are reported killed after a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school.

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After Arizona and Aurora, will more guns make us safer?

This post was originally published on July 24, 2012. We’ve resurfaced this piece following the news of a horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this morning. NBC News reports 26 have been killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 children. Watch live as the events unfold. … In July 20 in Aurora, Colorado, 24-year-old [...]

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Video: Wal-Mart CEO on fires, fiscal cliff

Yesterday evening, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted Mike Duke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart, in an on-the-record meeting in New York. Duke spoke on a variety of topics, including the nation’s looming “fiscal cliff,” women’s economic empowerment, factory standards and the recent fire in Bangladesh. The week before the election, only one-fourth, [...]

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Obesity on the decline?

The New York Times reports from Philadelphia this morning that following years of ever-increasing childhood obesity rates, several American cities may finally be getting ahead of the disturbing trend. Watch Saving Carla on PBS. See more from Need To Know. Reporter Sabrina Tavernise writes: The trend [of declining rates in childhood obesity] has emerged in [...]

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Video: Texas takes on family planning

Historically in Texas, legislators saw family planning programs as a fiscally responsible solution to growing state costs stemming from unplanned pregnancies. But by the state’s last legislative session, conservative thinking in the Lone Star State had shifted.

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The new border: Illegal immigration’s shifting frontier

by Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica A version of this story was co-published with The Arizona Republic. TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico — Oscar and Jennifer Cruz knew that crossing the border would be the easy part. The Salvadoran brother and sister made their way over the international line between Guatemala and Mexico with the help of a smuggler [...]